John Krasinski to Write, Direct, & Star in Paramount’s ‘Imaginary Friends’ Comedy; Ryan Reynolds Set for Lead Role
‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds is getting more and more comedies under his belt. Besides the merc with a Mouth, he has been doing things like Lionsgate’s ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ (and its upcoming sequel), ‘Free Guy,’ a ‘Clue’ reboot (both from Disney/Fox), and Apple’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ adaptation. All of those projects allow him to flex his sarcastic comedy muscles, as does his latest, ‘Imaginary Friends.’
John Krasinski will write, direct and co-star with Reynolds. There was a heavy bidding war for the project due to the talent involved, and Paramount won out. Krasinski is known for comedy due to his role in ‘The Office,’ but is also quite a prolific dramatic actor and director. His turn as Jack Ryan in the Amazon Prime series shows his range as an actor. The horror movie he directed called ‘The Quiet Place’ shows his talents behind the camera as well. He is also helming a sequel to that film, which releases March 20, 2020.
Krasinski and Reynolds teaming up is an inspired idea. They should be able to play well off of each other. The Hollywood Reporter has a quick synopsis of the film:
“[Reynolds plays] a man who can see and talk to people’s imaginary friends, befriending those that have been forgotten or discarded. However, some imaginary friends, lacking love and friendship, turn to the dark side, and it’s up to Reynolds’ character to save the world from those that become evil.”
‘Imaginary Friends’ sounds like a darker version of ‘Dr. Dolittle’ except with imaginary friends instead of animals. The talent involved on both sides of the camera sounds great, so this should be a fun one.
However, there is currently no release date as of now.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter